Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes - Crusie, Stuart, Dreyer

When she was sixteen, Dee Fortune kidnapped her two younger sisters and ran from danger. Now twenty-nine, she's still trying to control her shape-shifting power—no easy task when Danny James shows up one Friday morning with his deadly smile and dangerous questions about the past.
Lizzie is determined to save her family from financial ruin by turning straw into gold; now if she could only stop turning forks into bunnies. Then Elric, a sorcerer, appears one Friday—annoyed with the chaos Lizzie is creating in the universe and in his heart. . . .
The youngest Miss Fortune, Mare, towers above her sisters but her telekinetic power is dwarfed by their gifts. She spends her days at Value Video!! and her nights contemplating the futility of her existence. But then a gorgeous Value Video!! VP and Mare's long lost love turn up. . .and they all turn up the heat on a weekend that no Fortune will soon forget!

I picked up this thinking it was an anthology with 3 stories and an undercurrent theme, I was quite surprised to discover that this is in fact a full length book where the 3 authors collaborated to write one story.

It’s the story of sisters Dee, Mare and Lizzie who are witches and are on the run from aunt Xantippe who murdered their parents a few years back. The problem is Mare and Lizzie are tired of running and so this time aunt Xan catches up with them. The aunt is our usual villainess, beautiful and mean. She wants to get the girls powers and stops at nothing, either transforming her former lover in a cockroach or enlisting the girls “true mates” in her quest.

Now I ask if they are their true mates why would they help aunt Xan? Wouldn’t they in the end decide to help the girls, Yep, they would, except for one but he is not a true mate so it doesn’t count.

And the story continues with the girls trying to control their powers (Lizzie transforms everything in bunnies when she is nervous and Dee shape shifts just to give you an idea) and stopping Xan from getting what she wants. I think it suffered from trying to be funny, too funny. Too many jokes just spoil the story I feel and that’s how I saw it. I think I skimmed most of the second half of the book because I was just bored with it.

My favourite couple was Lizzie and Elric because I think she was the heroine that resembled Stuart’s heroines the most (and I just read this for Stuart btw), besides Elric was a big wizard and after Lord of Danger how can one resist a wizard? But wasn’t enough to save it, it sounded just plain silly at times…

Grade: 3/5


  1. Also I thought this book was of 3 short stories. I have it in my WL (because of Jennifer Crusie) but now I'm not sure if I'll keep it there...

  2. No, it's more of a collaboration where it seems each of them wrote a character. According to what I've read online Crusie wrote Mare, Stuart wrote Lizzie and Dreyer wrote Dee, so a sister for each of them.

    Do you read ebooks?

  3. In the computer, yes (when I have the time ;))

  4. I was a bit underwhelmed by this. I kind of want to read Dogs and Goddesses but will go into it not expecting too much.


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